Parker signed with the Phillies as a non-roster invitee Wednesday.
Parker became a free agent in November after refusing an outright assignment to the minors with Philadelphia. The 34-year-old spent time with both the Phillies and Twins last season, accumulating a 4.55 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and a 65:22 K:BB across 61.1 innings pitched. The veteran reliever owns a modest 3.56 ERA across seven major-league seasons and will try to impress the Phillies' coaching staff enough this spring to find a spot in the team's bullpen on opening day.
Parker became a free agent Monday after refusing an outright assignment to the minors.
Parker saved 10 games early in the season for the Twins, but it wasn't a great year overall for the 34-year-old, who finished with a 4.55 ERA. He'll be looking for a new team this winter.
Parker is opening Sunday's game against the Marlins.
He has a 5.73 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 11 innings over 10 appearances this month. Enyel De Los Santos seems like a logical candidate to work as the primary pitcher.
Parker will serve as the opener for Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Parker is expected to toss the first inning or two before handing the ball to the bulk reliever, though the Phillies have yet to reveal who will fill that role. The right-hander owns a 4.40 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with a 60:22 K:BB over 57.1 innings this season.
Parker threw two scoreless innings in Friday's loss to the White Sox, striking out four batters while not allowing a single baserunner.
Parker kept the game tied in the 10th and 11th innings, retiring all six batters he faced without allowing a ball to leave the infield. He's now struck out six batters in three innings since joining the Phillies.
Parker signed a major-league contract with Philadelphia on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Parker was designated for assignment by the Twins on Wednesday, and after declining a minor-league assignment, he elected free agency. His trip to the open market didn't last long, however, as he managed to ink a big-league contract just a day after becoming a free agent. Parker has posted a 4.21 ERA with 34 strikeouts over 36.1 innings this season.
Parker declined an outright assignment to Triple-A Rochester and elected free agency Monday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
The Twins retained Parker's rights after he went unclaimed off waivers, but the right-hander's five-plus years of MLB service time allow him to refuse the minor-league assignment. Parker had served as the Twins' closer for a period earlier in the season and notched 10 saves in 11 chances, but his poor underlying numbers (5.35 FIP, 11.5 K-BB%) ultimately resulted in him moving into a low-leverage role before Minnesota cut bait. The 34-year-old seems unlikely to resurface as a meaningful bullpen piece again in 2019, but he at least shouldn't have to wait long to find work elsewhere.
Parker was designated for assignment Wednesday.
He contributed to giving away Tuesday's classic game against the Yankees by surrendering four runs while recording just one out, and that was apparently the final straw. Parker has a 7.11 ERA and 1.79 WHIP with 20 strikeouts over his last 19 innings, but did tally 10 saves earlier in the year before losing the job to Taylor Rogers.
Parker was activated off the paternity list Friday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Parker landed on the paternity list last week and also took advantage of the All-Star break to attend the birth of his child. The 34-year-old split save chances with Taylor Rogers through the first half of the season and that figures to continue out of the break.
Parker was placed on the paternity list Friday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Parker will step away from the team for a few days to attend the birth of his child. The 34-year-old can spend up the three days on the paternity list and seems likely to rejoin the team after the All-Star break. Kohl Stewart was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to bolster the Twins' bullpen depth.
Parker picked up his 10th save of the season Saturday against the Royals, striking out two in a scoreless 10th inning.
Parker brought the tying run to the plate after hitting Alex Gordon to open the inning, but two strikeouts and a popout finished the game off without incident. Parker's 10 saves give him a one-save advantage over Taylor Rogers for the team lead, though his 4.10 ERA can't compare with Rogers' 2.12 mark.
Parker (personal) was reinstated from the Family Medical Emergency List on Friday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Parker was placed on the list Wednesday, but he missed just three games while away from the team. Kohl Stewart was optioned to Triple-A Rochester in a corresponding move.
Parker isn't expected to be away for the full seven days of his family medical emergency leave, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "Without getting too far into it, I heard from Blake today," manager Rocco Baldelli said, "and he said everything seemed to be going well, and we should see him back here soon."
Parker was placed on the list Wednesday and must sit out for a minimum of three days. It sounds like he could return Sunday or early next week.
Parker was placed on the Family Medical Emergency List on Wednesday.
Players can spend anywhere from three to seven days on the list, so Parker could return as soon as Saturday or as late as next Wednesday. Sean Poppen's contract was purchased in a corresponding move.
Parker walked two and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to record his ninth save of the season in a 6-3 win over the Tigers.
It wasn't the cleanest outing, as Parker walked multiple batters for the first time since April 14 -- also, curiously, against Detroit -- but it was still a nice rebound effort after his first blown save of the year Wednesday. The right-hander remains the top ninth-inning option in the Twins' closer committee, posting nine saves so far to Taylor Rogers' six.
Parker (0-2) took the loss Wednesday, giving up three runs on three hits -- including two home runs -- in an inning of relief to blow his first save of the season as the Twins fell 9-7 to Cleveland.
The right-hander is struggling right now, serving up four homers in his last four appearances after allowing only one in his first 17.1 innings on the season. The rough stretch has more than tripled Parker's ERA to 3.74, but it can't be seen as too much of a surprise considering he was tagged for 12 home runs in 66.1 innings with the Angels last year. He'll remain in the closing mix with Minnesota for now, but if he can't keep the ball in the park, the team has plenty of other options it can use in the ninth inning instead.
Parker picked up the save against the Angels on Monday, working around a hit to fire a scoreless ninth inning and close out a 3-1 victory for the Twins. He didn't record a strikeout or a walk.
It was the eighth save of the year for the 33-year-old right-hander, who still has yet to blow an opportunity through 16.1 innings. He isn't striking out a lot of batters with a pedestrian 12:7 K:BB, but Parker is making it work so far as the top option at closer for the Twins, as he's sporting a 1.10 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP.
Parker gave up two hits and a walk over 1.1 scoreless innings while striking out one to record his seventh save of the season in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Angels.
He very nearly blew his first save of the year instead, but Byron Buxton threw out Shohei Ohtani at the plate to end the eighth inning and erase the tying run. Parker now boasts a 1.20 ERA and 11:7 K:BB through 15 innings, and his lack of dominance suggests his stellar ratios are overdue for some regression.
Parker permitted one run on two hits over 1.1 innings in a non-save situation against the Yankees on Saturday.
Parker was called in to face Luke Voit with a three-run lead, two runs in and a runner on first in the seventh inning. The right-hander retired Voit on a groundout to end the threat but was reached for a solo homer by Gary Sanchez to lead off the eighth inning. The non-save chance doesn't seem to indicate any lack of faith in Parker as the closer, as he was deployed in the high-leverage moment of the game.
Parker worked around a hit to throw a scoreless ninth inning, earning the save in Monday's win over the Astros.
Parker has been absolutely dominant this season, not allowing a run since his first outing of 2019. He now owns a 0.96 ERA in 9.1 innings and is 6-of-6 in save opportunities.
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